The Army, NASA, and any busy family have one thing in common: they all need a central command station. Whether you’re moving troops, putting a man on the moon, or just trying to get three kids to three different activities on time, it takes planning….and a dedicated space to do that planning. Quite a few moms have organization at the top of their lists of New Year’s resolutions, and creating a household command center is one way to do that. I’ve loved having the calendar I made for my family in a place where we can all see it and use it. Whether you have a whole room, a small wall, or just a spot on a bookshelf at your disposal, I’ve found five great ways that you can create your own family central command station–on a budget–with easy-to-find supplies.
1. Command Station in a Binder
If space is an issue at your house, then Crystal Wilkerson’s planner is a smart solution to keeping your command station compact. Crystal created the contents of this family organization binder and designed them to be both easy to use and fun to look at. She even shares printable versions so you can make your own!
2. Magnetic Command Station
Landee See, Landee Do solves the problem of school newsletters and birthday invitations falling off the refrigerator door every time you reach for the milk. with a magnetic family organization station on the side of the fridge. Gotta love those little buckets she clipped on to hold pens and paraphernalia.
3. Abacus Wall Calendar Station
Ashely at The Handmade Home had a little more wall space to create her family’s planning station. Inspired by a vintage abacus, she created a perpetual calendar with plenty of space alongside for to-do lists, chore charts, and even backpacks.
4. Command Center with Bags
At The Yellow Cape Cod, everyone knows where to find the things they need for the day ahead, thanks to the personalized canvas totes that hang by their command station. A big chalkboard helps them keep track of chores and reminders.
5. Furnished Command Central
There was enough room for Brook to add this pretty dresser to her family’s planning zone. (A $30 Goodwill find!) The area is devoted to keeping track of the family schedule and helping everyone know what their responsibilities are. You’ll find all the details (and printable chore sheets!) at Being Brook.
Is organization on your 2012 to-do list? What will you tackle first?